Since 1995, the Vans Warped Tour music festival has defined summer for gaggles of teenagers and alternative music fans. But next year, it will take its last trip across the the United States.
According to a statement from Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, 2018 will mark the festival's final journey cross-country, hitting 37 cities. It comes to Dallas on July 6, 2018. The venue and lineup have yet to be announced.
In an interview with Billboard, Lyman cited several factors that played into his decision to end the touring event; for example, "an evolving summer festival industry, a shrinking pool of bands, and declining ticket sales among its teenage demographic."
In its 24 years, Warped Tour has consistently been a stage for bands in the punk, pop-punk, emo and alternative genres. Notable headliners over the years include NOFX, the Starting Line, Andrew WK, Say Anything and many, many more. Even Ice T played the festival in 2005.
While Vans Warped Tour will no longer be a "tour," Lyman suggested it will still celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2019 in some capacity.
"The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever," reads Lyman's statement, "continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019."